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May is my favorite…we need joyful news!

May, you are my favorite.

Friday, May 1, 2020

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Thanks for the flowers!

Greetings, friends and fellow music-lovers — and hello from beautiful central Oregon! I am so grateful for these gorgeous spring days. Each drop of sunshine and each flower feels like a little love note, and I love the spirit-lift I get from walking outside. I hope you are in good spirits and staying healthy.

I wanted to check in and send you a little love blast. My monthly newsy newsletter is a ritual I enjoy…even though the newsy news looks different these days. Here are couple of fun events coming up!

On Sunday, May 3rd and Monday, May 4th, our friends at Artichoke Music are going to broadcast a show I did there with my good friend the great Tom Faulkner on their Facebook page!! Tom is one of my favorite singer-songwriters in the history of ever, and I have so much fun sharing the stage with him. We have played lots in Texas, and it was a dream of mine for my friends in Oregon to hear Tom. So a couple years ago he came up for a few NW shows, and this Artichoke show was just the warm Oregon welcome I had hoped for for my friend Tom! We can’t wait to re-live this wonderful evening with you on FB live! We’ll be there commenting and chatting and making fun of each other both nights. 🙂 7:30 pm Pacific time on Sun and Mon. Thank you to Artichoke Music for this special treat! So here’s the scoop… and a fun promo video we made. 

beth wood & tom faulkner livestream from artichoke trailer

And on Thursday, May 21 at 5 pm Pacific time I will play a live streaming concert in celebration of my almost-birthday! You can attend the concert on my Facebook music page, and then we will have a special Zoom backstage after party with Patreon folks. I am still learning about Zoom and FB Live and streams and upload speeds and delays and microphones, oh my! But I will do my best to make it a fun event and I hope you’ll join me. It lifts my spirits every time I sing and especially when I sing for you! Please feel free to email me with your song requests at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com! 

Y’all, I am so excited about my growing Patreon community! Patreon is a new subscription platform that allows you to directly support your favorite artists while connecting with them and gaining access to exclusive content. I share a new song and a new poem each month to my Pateron subscribers, and we had our first Zoom gathering for a few tunes and some much needed connection last week. It was so fun! It has been significant for me in a couple of ways. Firstly, it is a way to continue making a living. And secondly, it has shifted my daily mindset. Now when I get up in the morning, instead of thinking, “what should I do today?” my first thought is, “what can I make today?” It’s a significant shift, and I love how it feels to be creating and sharing! Special thanks to the 57 brave souls who have join me in this adventure. I hope you’ll consider joining us! I made a little video about it here…

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Oh my GOSH y’all, we had so much fun with the inaugural run of the Sisters Folk Festival bandwagon this week! We borrowed a flatbed trailer and set up a PA and drove around our town while I played some tunes…free delivery of home grown music…all while keeping safe and social distancing! It was so wonderful to see all the smiles and waves and majestic mountains in the background and the bicycle parade that rode along behind us! It lifted my spirits so high to spread some joy through music, and I’m still fying high! The Bandwagon has no schedule or agenda, other than celebrating a beautiful afternoon, in our beautiful community, with some beautiful music…to help cure the Quarantine Blues! So be on the lookout for some more free song delivery soon! Special thanks to Brad for driving and to Dave and Dennis support and to Jeff and Chris at Ponderosa Forge & Ironworks Inc. for letting us use their trailer and to Rick Gerraths for the sweet generator to power the amp!




And I had a blast singing and talking with my friend Bob Hemenger’s Pagosa Springs high school class via Google Hangouts!


Oh this rainbow girl… 🙂 Some folks said it looks like she’s levitating! Can you see it? Angel-dog. 


Here’s a video I recorded in front of my new place in Sisters.. I was thinking about how this song used to mean one thing, and now it means something different. Funny how songs grow and change that way…

go now

And finally, here’s a little poem inspired by these beautiful flowers…


These little guys are everywhere,

growing out of sand, gravel,

barely as big as my thumb.

There is wisdom here if I quiet

my thinkingmind so loud and

insistent at times, like thunder.

Even when I can’t find my purpose,

this is always true: grow no matter

where planted, reach toward the

light, let weather pass, shine. 

Please know that you are on my mind and in my walking prayers. As always, I love hearing from you, so holler at me if you feel moved to do so. Either way, I’m so grateful for you! 

With much love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

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Launching my Patreon community!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers! Now is the time to get creative as we adjust to our changing world. So in that spirit I have some big news…I am launching something new and I would like to invite you to join me! Today I am starting a Patreon community, which is like a subscription to my music/poetry/creative output! I made a video about it here…

an invitation to try something new with me

and you can read more about it on my Patreon page here. If you are moved by my music and you value my work in the world, this is a great way to support what I do and keep it going! This community will be where I share new work, host live online concerts and discussions exclusive to the community, and it’s the best way to stay up to date with the music and poetry I make! I will still create albums and books to share with the world, but I will share works to the Patreon community that may never be released to the world. And I am excited to get your input and feedback as I share works in progress! 

Patreon is a monthly subscription service, and you can choose what level at which you are comfortable contributing. Everyone who joins will get access to all the same stuff no matter what level you choose. And for some levels I’ll make you something extra and personal to you! Some of you have been reaching out asking how you can help during this uncertain time. Patreon is a great way! 

This is something new for me and I’m know I’m going out on a limb here. But it’s time to adapt and change to a world where touring is not an option and CD sales have evaporated, and I still feel called to make music and poetry and share it in a meaningful exchange. If you have any questions, please let me know? And one more thing, you can change your subscription amount or cancel at any time. So…wanna try something new with me?

April news and an invitation to try something new!

What day is this?

Tuesday Mar 31, 2020

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March 87th?

Hello, friends – and greetings from a beautiful on-and-off snowy day in central Oregon. I want to send out another love blast to you from my heart. It has warmed and comforted me so much to hear from you, and to know that you are out there. Thank you to everyone who has reached out from far and wide! It has never felt more meaningful to connect than it does right now, and I am finding much gratitude in that. 

Tomorrow is moving day, and I am so excited to move in to my new place in Sisters. This dream has been percolating for a while, and I am grateful for the opportunity to nest in a place that resonates with my spirit. It feels surreal to move during this time, but onward we must go. 

Speaking of onward, now is the time to get creative as we adjust to our changing world. So in that spirit I have some big news…I am launching something new and I would like to invite you to join me! Today I am starting a Patreon community, which is like a subscription to my music/poetry/creative output! I made a video about it here…

an invitation to try something new with me

and you can read more about it on my Patreon page here. If you are moved by my music and you value my work in the world, this is a great way to support what I do and keep it going! This community will be where I share new work, host live online concerts and discussions exclusive to the community, and it’s the best way to stay up to date with the music and poetry I make! I will still create albums and books to share with the world, but I will share works to the Patreon community that may never be released to the world. And I am excited to get your input and feedback as I share works in progress! 

Patreon is a monthly subscription service, and you can choose what level at which you are comfortable contributing. Everyone who joins will get access to all the same stuff no matter what level you choose. And for some levels I’ll make you something extra and personal to you! Some of you have been reaching out asking how you can help during this uncertain time. Patreon is a great way! 

This is something new for me and I’m know I’m going out on a limb here. But it’s time to adapt and change to a world where touring is not an option and CD sales have evaporated, and I still feel called to make music and poetry and share it in a meaningful exchange. If you have any questions, please let me know? And one more thing, you can change your subscription amount or cancel at any time. So…wanna try something new with me?

I had so much fun playing my first live streaming concert the other night! Connor Garvey put together a live streaming event called Cover Your Friends where we all played songs written by our friends. It is still up on my Facebook music page if you want to take a listen. Just go to the Videos section and click on the one with the yellow shirt. I loved seeing everyone’s name scroll by as I was singing my friends’ songs! 

I’ve got another live streaming concert coming up on Sunday, April 12 at 11 am Pacific as part of Shut In and Sing: An Easter Celebration! Featuring Vance Gilbert, Susan Werner, Lenesha Randolph, The McCrary Sisters, and lol ol me! I will play at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern. You must buy a ticket to access this event. Entry fee is Pay-What-You-Can! PLEASE NOTE: Because there are 5 acts that day, and because of the alphabet, my name does not show up in the title for this event, but trust me, I’m playing! I PROMISE. (If you’re not sure where to go, simply go to www.stageit.com and do a search for my name.)

And I’m exicted to do my own live streaming concert of BW songs soon…song requests are welcome! Stay tuned for the when and where…gotta move all these boxes first…I will keep you updated by newsy newsletter and on FB and Instagram.

Until next time, I’ll leave a poem for you at the end. May we all stay well and safe and may we stay connected and nourished in this strange time. Thanks for reading and for checking in.

With much love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 9775 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

A love blast for you…and a new song!

A little love blast…

Wednesday Mar 18, 2020

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from me to you.

Dear friends,

I want to take this moment to send some love and light out to you. These are strange and challenging days indeed. It is clear that the best way we can help each other is to stay apart for the time being, and that is unsettling to say the least. 

I believe that we will come together and help each other, as we always do when things get tough. I am wishing you health and peace and well-being. Now is a great time to reach out to our community and to connect. Now is a great time to get creative.

I want to let you know that my gigs/workshops/events in March and April are canceled or postponed. We are working hard to reschedule things so stay tuned. I look forward to a time when we can gather together again to share in song and story and poetry. In the mean time, I want to let you know about a really fun online interview I will be doing tomorrow, Thursday, March 18 at 10 am PST! My friend David Lamotte has invited me to be his guest on his new web series called “Sustaining Our Spirits”. It will be an hour-long conversation about life and resilience and creativity with some songs and poems and laughter thrown in. I first knew David when I lived in North Carolina as part of the Asheville singer-songwriter community. His music is like a warm flannel shirt, as is his spirit. His writing is insightful and light-giving. David is also an author, speaker, and leader in the world of peace work. He does not shy away from tough things. He builds community. He is an excellent dad and husband and a good friend. I know you’ll love him as much as I do if you don’t already so I hope you’ll tune in! I’m absolutely certain it will lift our spirits. 

You can join us here on CrowdCast at 10 am PST!

Or you can watch on Facebook Live here.

I will reach back out soon when I have more good news to share! In the mean time, here is a little song I wrote for Bailey that I hope will bring a smile.

beth wood lovin' an old dog

As always I love hearing from you. May we all be well and stay connected. With much love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

All the March Newsy News is here!

March, get over here, will ya?

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

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and bring us some spring!

Thank you Scott Docherty (above) and Elizabeth Campbell (below) for the great photos from Winterfolk!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Here we are at the end of February looking right down the road at spring. It will be here before we know it! Here’s what’s coming up…

Feb 29 –  Center Stage on Bend’s KPOV 88.9 FM Community Radio – Bend, OR

March 27-29 – Singtime Frolics Retreat – Corbett, OR

1. GRATITUDE…I am so grateful to Tom May and all the wonderful folks who came out in support of Winterfolk in Portland. We had a grand time and raised money for JOIN Portland, and organization the helps people transition out of homelessness. And special thanks to Bridie and Cindy and Mark and all the wonderful staff and loving audience at the Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro! We had a great time and marveled at such a beautiful venue. Thank you Mary and the Wild Women Society for inviting me to be your special guest artist. It was a nourishing and inspiring day! 

2. THE NEWSIt is a rare occurance, but I don’t have any shows coming up in March. But the timing couldn’t be better as I am planning for the first Sisters Songworks writing retreat in April AND getting ready to move in to my new place in Sisters! THANK YOU so much to everyone in Sisters and Bend who kept their ears and eyes open and asked around about places to rent. I feel like it was a community effort and sure enough, I connected with my new place through a friend and soon-to-be-neighbor (thank you, Paul!). I’m a little bit excited if you can’t tell!!

One thing I DO have coming up in March that I am very excited about is the Singtime Frolics retreat at the beautiful Menucha Conference center in the gorge! Singtime Frolics is the Portand Folk Music Society’s annual retreat and a spring weekend of singing, jamming, learning and sharing. There will be song circles, late night jams, shared meals, workshops, concerts by lil ol me and by participants — a true celebration of community through song. The dates are March 27-29. Please check out the Singtime Frolics website here for info. We hope you will join us!

It has been so amazing working with The Lullaby Project, and we have our recording session coming up in Portland this month. The Lullaby Project – conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute – uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. Together with musicians from the Oregon Symphony and local singer-songwriters, mothers and mothers-to-be are creating personal lullabies for their children, expressing their hopes and dreams for the future. I got a chance to meet Bekah and Kenny and write a song with them for their kids. It was inspiring and challenging and heart-opening. We wrote a song called “As Beautiful As You Are” and we will be performing it along with the other songwriters and musicians performing their songs on April 28 at the Old Church in Portland. The community concert will be free and open to all!

I was so honored and excited to be featured by the blog Americana Highways this past month! We shot two videos at Tyler Fortier’s studio (a/k/a the Little Orange Room) as part of the Little Orange Room Sessions series. Then Tyler asked me a bunch of really interesting questions about songwriting and I tried my best to answer them by email in my jammies. Click here to read the interview!

 Here is the video we made for my new song “The Speed of Lonely”

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and the video we made for my song “Go Now” from my latest album, “The Long Road”

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Another cool piece of news…the wonderful collaboration project that I’ve been a part of called The Nature of Gratitude has been featured on A Network for Grateful Living in their Grateful Changemakers series! It is so fun to see our little project lovingly founded by Eric Alan and Tom Titus get such a beautiful write up and interview on a website that has over 462,000 page views a month and 65,000 e-letter subcribers! I’m so grateful to be a part of this rewarding collaboration with so many amazing artists. We are excited to bring the Nature of Gratitude to Bend in May thanks to the Deschutes Public Library. More details on that soon…

In other exciting news, I mailed the first draft of my next poetry book to Mezcalita Press! The working title for this one is “Believe the Bird” and its theme is the stories we tell ourselves, the ones we use for survival and for spirit food. It’s about deciding which stories serve us and letting go of the ones that don’t. I am excited to watch this book take shape and launch it into the world!

And finally if y’all are free on Saturday, Feb 29 and want to listen to some radio, I am excited to be the special guest on Center Stage on Bend’s KPOV 88.9 FM Community Radio. Hosted by Rick Miller, Lynn Bancrof and Dennis Plant, Center Stage on KPOV showcases local and regional artists. Each week an artist will be featured along with songs and musicians who influence their musical style. Listen live at KPOV 88.9 FM on local radio or stream show live at www.kpov.org or from Tune-in app. FREE – it’s radio!

So much fun singing for a packed house at Winterfolk!

and ya know I can’t help myself cuz she’s the cutest cutie pants in the world…this one is called “How Can You Just Sit There While There Are Treats in the Cabinet?”


As always, thank you for reading, for supporting my creative journey, and for cheering me on. Much more magic to come!

With much gratitude from your fan,

 
Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

Down the road a piece…

Apr 6 – Songwriters In the round w/Cal Scott & Richard Moore @ Artichoke Music – Portland, OR

Apr 17-19 – Sisters Songworks Writing Retreat – Sisters, OR

Apr 18 – Songworks in the Round @ The Belfry – Sisters, OR

Apr 28 – The Lullaby Project Community Concert @ The Old Church – Portland, OR

May 8-9 – Private Event

May 11 – Phenomenal Woman @ The Lake Theater & Cafe – Lake Oswego, OR

May 16 – The Nature of Gratitude – Bend, OR

June 20-21 – Women, Nature & Song Retreat – Veneta, OR

June 27 – Little Tree Acoustic Concerts – Lafayette, CO

July 11 – Casa DeVilbiss House Concert – Colorado Springs, CO

July 16 – Stand and Sway @ Telluride Americana Festival – Telluride, CO

Aug 11-14 – Harris Bridge Songwriting Camp – Philomath, OR

Welcome, February…short and yet mighty!

Hey Feb,

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020

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it still feels weird to write 2020.

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers –

Here we go into 2020 for real! What a joyful time it has been diving into deep hibernation and introspection. I am so excited to see what this new year will bring. In the mean time, here is what is coming up in February…

Sat, Feb 1 – 32nd Annual Winterfolk – Portland, OR. At Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. Winterfolk, Portland, Oregon’s largest annual folk music event, a benefit for JOIN, is celebrating its 32nd Anniversary. Winterfolk is one of those rare expressions of giving which brings disparate parts of our area together, in the common celebration of music and caring- and a sure knowledge that every dollar raised at the door goes to the folks it is intended to help. JOIN is an organization pledged to assist folks find and maintain housing, throughout the Portland metro area. Performers include Tracy Grammer, Kate Power/ Steve Einhorn, Sky in the Road, Jim Page with Billy Oskay, Kim Stafford, Tom May and Friends, and BW. Doors at 6/Music at 7. $30 Advance/$32 Day of Show. Minors welcome when accompanied by an adult. 

Fri, Feb 21 – Stand & Sway at Walters Cultural Arts Center 2019-20 Concert Series – Hillsboro, OR. 527 E. Main Street. Since the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center opened in 2004, we have offered a wide variety of enrichment experiences to the Hillsboro community. Thousands of visitors have attended art exhibits, concerts, classes, lectures, and other special events. Many people have rented our facility for weddings, holiday parties, fundraising auctions and other special events. Stand and Sway is delighted to be a part of the Walter Cultural Arts Center’s 2019-2020 Concert Series! With the great Steven Skolnik on percussion. $18 adv/$22 at the door. 7:30 pm. 

Sun, Feb 23 – Wild Women Society Gathering – Portland, OR. Multnomah Arts Center Auditorum, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. The Wild Women Society brings together women of all age, race, and background to encourage self-care. With guest speaker Heidi Berkman, founder and presidnt of The Bloom Project, nonprofit organization that takes flowers destined to be discarded and repurposes them to hospice patients. Guest music by BW. $25 per Wild Woman/$30 per Wild Woman at the door the day of the party. A portion of each paid door fee directly supports our WildChild Program. 1-4 pm.

GRATITUDE…I’m so incredibly grateful to my friend David Stoddard! We have such a blast playing music together and I am always so blown away by the generous folks in Minnesota who welcome me with open arms and support our concerts. Thank you Dave for years of friendship and inspiration. Thank you Judy for the snow boots and warm socks and legit coat! Thank you to the Wicklunds and Fergus friends, to all the wonderful folks at the Granite City Folk Society, to Chuck and Jane and all who braved the weather and tuned in online, and to Al and Beth and friends. It was a great trip with new friends and also the coldest I have ever been in my life! One morning the widn chill said -37. EEP!

THE NEWS…I am continuing to build my new life in central Oregon, and I’m so energized and excited. Several folks have reached out about lessons and I’m having a blast with that. If you would like to work on singing or guitar or songwriting or performing, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com. And if you don’t live in central Oregon, perhaps we could skype!? I am hoping to have a space in Sisters soon where I can offer lessons so I will keep you posted on that.

Speaking of Sisters, I am so thrilled that folks signed up for the first Sisters Songworks writing retreat in April!! This is a dream weekend for me and I am so excited to plan and host this event. Tom Kimmel and Anna Tivel are two of the finest humans I know and a dream team for sure! In these next two monts I will be in serious dreaming and planning mode. It is fun to engage in this kind of large-scale creativity! Can’t wait to see what magic will unfold. 

And still speaking of Sisters, do you know anyone who has an apartment or cottage or lil cabin to rent to a very responsible folksinger and a big brown dog? Holler at me if you do?!

For performances coming up, I am thrilled to be a part of the 32nd year of Winterfolk at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Feb 1. Tom May does such a wonderful job of pulling the community together to celebrate music an help support our neighbors through JOIN, an organization pledged to assist folks find and maintain housing throughout the Portland metro area. It is a great cause and will be a great evening of music! We are also excited to do our first Stand and Sway concert at the Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro! It looks like a gorgeous venue and we can’t wait to make some music with Steven Skolnik there. I hope you will join us for a night of harmony and poetry and foot-stompin mountain-sized joy! And I’m excited to be the special musical guest at the Wild Women Society gather in Portland on 2/23! The Wild Women Society brings together women of all age, race, and background to encourage self-care. That sounds like a big YES to me!

Speaking of big YES, I have been saying yes lately to things that sound soul-feeding, challenging, or heart-opening, or all of the above. One of those all-of-the-above things has been the invitation to be a part of the Lullaby Project with the Oregon Symphony. The Lullaby Project – conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute – uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. The Lullaby Project works in close partnership with Portland Family Housing Solutions, a nonprofit organization that empowers homeless families with children to get back into stable, long-term housing. We had our orientation and our first creative session last month, and I must say I am so humbled and delighted and blown away by PFHS and by the dedicated folks that are a part of this project! I got to meet a wonderful mom and dad and hear their family’s story, and together we wrote a lullaby for their children. It was such an amazing experience to witness their bravery and vulnerability in telling me their story and trusting me in helping to write a song! Next up, we will be recording all of the lullabies with members of the Oregon Symphony, and then on April 28 we will have a concert celebrating all of the lullabies at the Old Church! I hope you will consider joining us!

Another thing I said YES to was leading middle schoolers in a creative writing workshop. I was a little nervous but we had so much fun I could hardly believe it. Even the most shy kids lit up when we started making up silly stories. We wrote a beautiful song together, and I also learned about super penguins (regular penguins with extra powers), which I had not been aware of. 🙂 I really believe that creative writing is for everyone and I would love to do more of this!!

And even more YES, I was so delighted by the invitation to be the guest artist and lead workshops at this year’s Singtime Frolics weekend on March 27-29! Singtime Frolics is the annual singing retreat of the Portland Folk Music Society and is held at the beautiful Menucha Conference and Retreat Center in the Columbia gorge. We will spend the whole weekend singing and delighting in the joy and community of singing! 

Speaking of more YES, I think I will start a new section in my newsletter called More Yes. 🙂 To be continued…

This is pretty much how the whole week went with Dave Stoddard in Minnesota, except for the parts where I was running from the indoors to our car and then from our car to the indoors. The warmth of Minnesota folks makes up for the insane cold fo sho!

Um, seriousy y’all. This was the temp one morning when I woke up.


 This cutie pie Lola was complete undeterred by the raging snowstorm outside the Folk House concert. She takes her job of crumb cleaner/plate licker very seriously. When I sang, “Lo-lo-lo-la-Lola” to her, this is the look she gave me.


This is Coop, official greeter of Old Kitchen Rug House Concerts. Melting hearts consistently for many years now. 

Speaking of melting hearts, it is hard to believe but this week marks mine and Bailey’s one year anniversary of being together!! I am so grateful for all the joy and fun and love and adventure she has brought to my life. Cheers to this cutie pie sweet being and here’s to another many years together!

I am so grateful to you for reading my musings, for cheering me on, for walking with me every step of my creative journey. Hope to see you out there soon! With much gratitude from your fan,
 
Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

New year, new chapter!

Welcome home, 2020…

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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I’ve been dreaming of you!

 (thank you Michelle McAfee for the photo!)
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!
As we are rounding the corner on this year and this decade, I want to send my warm wishes and deep gratitude out to you. What a year, what a decade it has been! Thank you for being part of my journey and for walking with me every step of the way.
I am so excited for a new chapter, a new season even though I don’t know yet what it will all look like! I am excited for the turning of the page. I know that I must step, and then the ground will appear. In my new vision, I won’t be touring as much and I will be building a life in my new home of central Oregon. I am so energized by collaborating, building and serving community, creating, and instigating creativity in others, and I plan to focus on all those things while still writing, recording and performing when it feels right.
There are many things taking shape in 2020 that I am SO EXCITED about! Here are a few…
–A handful of shows in January with my good friend David Stoddard. We always have so much fun and I am inspired by my friend every single time. Dave has promimsed me a warm car at all times so we’ll see if he can deliver! Here’s where we’ll be…these concerts check out my website tour page for details and come see us!
Wed, Jan 15 – House Concert – Fergus Falls, MN
Thu, Jan 16 – Granite City Folk Society – St Cloud, MN
Fri, Jan 17 – Folk House – Golden Valley, MN
Sat, Jan 18 – Old Kitchen Rug Brewery House Concert – St Louis Park, MN
Sisters Songworks. Sisters Folk Festival’s first annual Sisters Songworks Writing is an intimate and intensive weekend writing retreat in beautiful Sisters, Oregon celebrating and exploring the art of songwriting in community. Sisters Songworks is an immersive songwriting and poetry experience focused on lyric writing and developing songs more deeply. The retreat will take place on April 17-19, 2020. Instructors will be Anna TivelTom Kimmel and lil ol me and I am thrilled to be running this workshop! Tom, Anna and I will do an in-the-round concert at the Belfry on Saturday, April 18. Concert tickets and workshop registration will be available beginning on January 8 at 10:00 a.m. Check it out here!
–Lessons in Sisters/Bend. In January I will begin offering private lessons is Sisters and Bend. I love working on songwriting, performance, singing, and beginning guitar. As of now I am mobile and I’m working on finding a room in Sisters I can use as home base for lessons. If you are interested or you know someone who might be, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.
The Lullaby Project. A program of the Oregon Symphony, The Lullaby Project pairs women songwriters with mothers and mothers-to-be who are experiencing housing insecurity to collaborate and write songs for their children. Conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, The Lullaby Project uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. We will record the songs with members of the Oregon Symphony and then have a concert performing all of the lullabies at The Old Church in Portland on April 28. Here is a beautiful video of my friend Bre Gregg and her experience with the Lullaby Project.
the making of a lullaby
Winterfolk. a concert on February 1 hosted by Tom May at the Alberta Rose Theatre to benefit JOIN PDX, an organization pledged to help folks find and maintain housing throughout the Portland metro area. With Tracy Grammer, Kate Power/ Steve Einhorn, Brooks Hill, Jim Page with Billy Oskay, Tom May and Friends, and Kim Stafford – poet laureate of Oregon.
–More poetry! I’ve got poems coming out my ears, y’all. So I’m working on the next book…stay tuned for more juicy details!
Singtime Frolics – I am so excited to be the guest artist/workshop leader at Portland Folk Music Society’s Singtime Frolics retreat the last weekend in March! Held at Menucha Conference and Retreat Center near Corbett, Oregon, we will enjoy a spring weekend of singing, jamming, learning and sharing.
Stand and Sway What a wild ride it was for us releasing our debut album and touring all over the place with our duo! We are taking a little breather to figure out what’s next, but we’ve got a couple wonderful shows on the books in 2020: On Feb 21 we will play at the Walters Cultural Arts Center 2019-20 Concert Series in Hillsboro, OR. And in July we are stoked to be a part of the Telluride Songwriters Festival.
–Phenomenal Woman. This collabration show is truly phenomenal and I’m looking forwrad to doing more in 2020! We are playing at the in Lake Oswego in May, and working on other venues.
–Nature of Gratitude. Another beautiful collaboration that keeps expanding and growing in delightful ways. We have an event scheduled in Bend in May and I will share more details as they come. We’re hoping to expand to other regional venues.
Harris Bridge Songwriting Camp & Folk Festival – We will gather again August 11-14 at beautiful Harris Bridge Vineyard for a week of songwriting fun among the beautiful vines and by the cool river. Clara Baker and I will be co-leading song camp again, and we are thrilled to build on what we started last year with Nathan and Amanda and the Harris Bridge family. This is a week of community, fun, creative exploration, and retreat from the busy world in one of the most beautiful spots in the Willamette Valley!
Sisters Folk Festival – My favorite week of the year! In September, we will gather at Caldera, one of the most spectacular and inspirational spotsw outside of Sisters for the Americana Song Academy (a/k/a “Song Camp”) for three and a half magical days of music and community making! And then from Sep 11-13 is Sisters Folk Festival, my all-time favorite festival – a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass and beyond. I am so honored to be involved as the staff director at song camp and the leader of the Sunday morning Community Celebration at the fest!
Well I guess I wrote my first Christmas song, y’all! You can take a listen here if ya like…
love is love (christmas eve song)
 We had so much fun at the Open Door at Acsension and the best part was playing a few tunes with the great Bryan Daste
 
 love this pic that Bob snapped from outside looking in…
 
 
We had such a blast with our annual Eugene Caldera Songwriters holiday concert and benefit for Egan Warming Center! The generous folks of Eugene contributed over $1600 for Egan Warming Center and boatloads of warm things! Special thanks to Scott and Tsunami Books for being our gracious hosts! 
 
 
 This pretty much sums up my whole year. I’m in love!
 
Warmest wishes for the new year from me and Bailey!! May it be filled with light, joy, music, friends, love.
My heart is full of gratitude for you. Can’t wait to see you in 2020. Your fan,
Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

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December news is here…who brought the eggnog?

Hello, December…

Sunday, Dec 1, 2019

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where’s the egg nog?

 (thank you to Norm Eder for the aweosme pics from Phenomenal Woman in Portland!)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

I’m staring out the window of my new home at a snowy, peaceful scene. So much to be grateful for! I hope you had a wonderful, easeful Thanksgiving holiday. Hard to believe December is here! I only have a few events left to round the year out, but they will all be wonderful. Here’s what’s coming up…

Fri, Dec 6 – The Nature of Gratitude @ Opal Center for Arts & Education – Cottage Grove, OR. 513 E Main St. The Nature of Gratitude, an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and more. This year’s theme of exploration is “Returning.” Each gathering is an opportunity to raise awareness and proceeds for a different local grassroots cause. the event will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood, internationally renowned vocalist Halie Loren. Performance poets Jorah LaFleur, Charles Goodrich and Charles Mattoon will contribute spoken word pieces. Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground; Eric Alan, photographer and author of Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path, and the forthcoming Grateful by Nature; and Michele Rose and Fyona Rose from the Opal Center Trashion Show. 

Sat, Dec 7 – Open Door Songwriter Series at the Historic Ascension Episcopal Chapel‏ – Portland, OR. 1823 SW Spring St. This family-friendly event begins at 5:30 pm with a potluck dinner and continues with a performance in Ascension Chapel’s Reinhart Hall. Bring a dish and a beverage to share. (Make that a pot of chili and we’ll have a chili cook-off!) RSVP requested. Email your RSVP to Bob at rthoward@me.com. Potluck dinner at 5:30 pm/Music at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome. $15 suggested donation per person at the door.

 Thu, Dec 12 – Nature of Gratitude @ The Arts Center – Corvallis, OR. 700 SW Madison Ave. Hosted by the Spring Creek Project. We’re partnering again this autumn with local authors Eric Alan and Tom Titus to present The Nature of Gratitude, a unique program that brings us together as a community to explore and reflect on the many things for which we are grateful. Several presenters will share music, stories, poems, and photography. The event will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood, and a special surprise musical guest. Performance poets Jorah LaFleur and Charles Goodrich will contribute spoken word pieces. Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground; and Eric Alan, photographer and author of the forthcoming Grateful by Nature. Nature of Gratitude is free, and everyone is welcome. This year’s theme is “Returning,” and in line with the theme, we’ll be accepting donations to support Oregon State University’s new “Food for Thought” program, which recaptures quality food that might have otherwise been composted and repackages it for distribution to low-income, OSU students who are experiencing food insecurity.

Fri, Dec 13 – Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. 2585 Willamette St. Caldera Songwriters’ Circle 8th Annual Egan Warming Center Benefit. An evening of community, celebration and song to benefit Egan Warming Center, a program of St. Vincent de Paul. Requested donation $5-20. Also Donation of goods: clean, warm hats, gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, pillows, socks and toiletries greatly appreciated. Line-up includes: BW, Still Thinking, Cross Current, Laura Golden, Carl Falsgraf, Do Mi Stauber, Wandering Thyme, Katie Sontag, Kathy Marshall, Paul Neville, Robert Boyce, Julia O’Reilly, Dave Taylor, Ron Selfridge, Rudolf Korv, Annie Heron, and Art Willey.

1. GRATITUDE…Thank you so much to all these fine folks for making November so dreamy: Bre Gregg and all the amazing artists in the Phenomenal Woman show, The Columbia Center for the Arts, Wayne Richards and Naomie Laviolette and all at Wayne’s World Coffeehouse, Alberta Rose Theatre, Jack and family, T and Chris and Gia and Misti and Renee and friends, Eric Alan and Tom Titus and the Nature of Gratitude Family, Artichoke Musi, Gentle Thunder, Kitty and Rob and friends!

2. THE NEWS…What an absolute blast we had with the Phenomenal Woman shows in Hood River and Portland! Big thanks to all who came out and supported those shows. It is such a fun concept and the good news is we are working on more venues and more dates for this collaboration show celebrating women songwriters! We are looking for performing arts centers within driving distance of Portland, so holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you know a place?

Speaking of collaborations, the Nature of Gratitude event at Artichoke Music was pure magic. It is such a soul-filling way to spend an evening in community and in celebration of nature and gratitude. This year’s theme is ‘Returning’ and the good news is that there are two more offerings coming up. We’re thrilled to be at the Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage Grove and The Arts Center in Corvallis. The abundance of talent and heart is overwhelming…flute master Gentle Thunder, Halie Loren, Performance poets Jorah LaFleur and Charles Goodrich, and authors Tom Titus and Eric Alan. Rumor has it Bailey Pants may even make a public appearance, woop!

And one of my favorite collaborations happens on Dec 13 in Eugene at our 8th annual Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center! Hard to believe we have been at it this long. Egan Warming Centers perform life-saving work in the Eugene/Springfield communities and we are delighted to raise money and warm things for this wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. I hope you’ll come celebrate friendship, song, and the season with us at Eugene’s favorite community living room, Tsunami Books! 

Aaaand, my last solo show of the year (and for a little while) is coming up in Portland on Dec 7 at the Open Door Songwriter series at Ascension Chapel. This is such a sweet venue and all ages are welcome. It’s  a potluck (chili cookoff!) and we get started early arond 5:30 so you can bring the family! I’m excited to return to this sweet space and community.

Here’s something fun! My friends Lisa and Loren Skyhorse, amazing leather artists and owners of Skyhorse Saddles in Durango, CO, have come out with this short video about their new work with a Stand and Sway song as the backdrop! It’s always an honor when someone chooses your song! 

skyhorse saddles -

3. RANDOM PICS… you know I can’t help it y’all.

oh man we had so much fun doing the Phenomenal Woman shows!


I had a blast getting to play piano in the band.


here is the whole crew! such an amazing band.


we had so much fun at Artichoke Music at the Nature of Gratitude event…we all left with hearts full of poetry, music, wonder and gratitude. 


such a lovely evening playing a house concert with the great Gentle Thunder!


and look who came with me to Paulina Springs book store open mic in Sisters?


Snow, whaaaaaat?!


4. THE FUTURE…I am wishing you the fullness of this holiday season without the stress we so often encounter along with it. May you remember you are loved and held and seen. You might fall behind on your list of things to do, you might be too tired to bake that pie. You might even feel empty this time of year. And you are still loved and held and seen. May we all remember the outrageous gift of each new day, each new year! 

As this year closes out, I look forward to turning inward, to set my intentions on writing and searching and seeking and cultivating the patience to watch what will unfold in the coming year. Wishing you all a joyful holiday season. I am, as always, ever grateful for you. Your fan, 

Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

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DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Jan 16 – Granite Folk Society w/David Stoddard – St Cloud, MN

Jan 17 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Jan 18 –  House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Feb 1 – Winterfolk – Portland, OR

 Feb 21 – Stand and Sway @ Walters Cultural Arts Center – Hillsboro, OR

Mar 27-29 – Portland FolkMusic Society’s Singtime Frolics – Corbett, OR

It’s time for November News!

Hey November,

Friday, November 1, 2019

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I’ m so grateful for you.

(thank you Bill Patterson for the pics from Swallow Hill!)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been. And now somehow we are tucked into autumn…thank goodness for fuzzy socks and warm soup!

Here is what is happening in Nov… as always I hope to see you there. And I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the news, tour pics, unsolicited dog pics, and random musings.

1. NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Sat, Nov 2 – Phenomenal Woman @ Columbia Center for the Arts – Hood River, OR. 215 Cascade Avenue. 541.387.8877. This is all about female songwriters and the women in music that inspire them. This show features Bre Gregg, LaRhonda Steele, Ara Lee James and lil ol me. This will be an intimate concert in which the audience is invited on a journey to peel back the layers of performance and learn how we were inspired by these amazing artists. This show is filled with feminine brilliance! With expert support from Leah Hinchcliff (the femme fatale of funk), Dan Gildea (one of the finest guitar players in the pacific NW) and Ward Griffiths (goddess of the back beat) on drums, this show is not to be missed. 7 pm. 

Fri, Nov 8 – Waynes’s World Coffeehouse – Lake Oswego, OR. At Lake Oswego United Methodist Church – 1855 South Shore Blvd. BW will be the guest of singer-songwriter Wayne Richards as he hosts another round-robin-style concert in the Fellowship Hall at LOUMC! Donations are gratefully accepted and there will be refreshments available for a small fee! All ages welcome. 7-9 pm. 

Sun, Nov 10 – Phenomenal Woman @ The Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR. 3000 NE Alberta. 503-719-6055. We are thrilled bring the Phenomenal Woman show to the Alberta Rose Theatre! Same details as above, but in Portland’s most beautiful listening room. $20 Advance/$25 At the Door. Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian. 7:30 pm. 

Sat, Nov 15 – Private House Concert – Bozeman, MT. 

Wed, Nov 20 – Nature of Gratitude @ Artichoke Music – Portland, OR. 2007 SE Powell Blvd. 503-232-8845. The Nature of Gratitude is an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and more. This years theme of exploration is Returning. Each gathering is an opportunity to raise awareness and proceeds for a different local grassroots cause. This event will benefit Transition Projects, an organization with five decades of experience providing shelter, housing and supportive services for very low-income people. The Nature of Gratitude will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood, and songwriter Alexa MacDonald. Performance poet Jorah LaFleur will contribute spoken word pieces. Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground; Christi Krug, creator of Wildfire Writing workshops and the book Burn Wild; and Eric Alan, photographer and author of Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path, and the forthcoming Grateful by Nature. $15. 7 pm. 

 Fri. Nov. 22nd – House Concert – Vancouver, WABW will be joining GRAMMY® award nominated multi-instrumentalist Gentle Thunder as her special guest for an intimate evening of music. Gentle Thunder will be offering up original music on grand hammer dulcimer and a vast array of Native American flutes. Gentle Thunder recorded flute on Coyote Prayer on Beth’s The Weather Inside album. It is always magical when we get to play live together. A portion of the proceeds benefit Babies in NeedCome on out and join us! 7 pm.  Tickets $20. Advance tickets purchase required to receive the location of the event. Call 530-925-4495 or email: tickets@gentlethunder.com 

3. THE NEWS…Well the big news is that Bailey and I have moved to central Oregon! We are so excited to meet our new friends and neighbors and deepen the connections we already have here and to explore this big beautiful part of the world. We are ever grateful for our time in Portland, but it was time for new adventures. If you know any places, hikes, venues, restaurants, dog lovers, breweries, running routes, or amazing people I should check out in this area, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com, I’m wide open! 

Other big news, our Stand and Sway album DEEP BLUE is now officially out in the world! This means that you can listen on Spotify, iTunesApple MusicAmazon, and wherever else you get your music. If you use Spotify, please help us out by following us… that helps us become more visible for being featured on playlists!

I am so excited to be in two shows tribute called Phenomenal Woman coming up in Hood River and Portland! The title of Phenomenal Woman is inspired by a Maya Angelou poem of the same name, so needless to say, she had me at hello!  Dreamed up by amazing singer-songwriter Bre Gregg (Red Bird Band), these shows will feature Bre Gregg, Ara Lee JamesLaRhonda Steele and lil ol me playing songs by women who have inspired us, as well as some of our original songs. We will be backed up by Leah Hinchcliff (the femme fatale of funk), Dan Gildea (one of the finest guitar players in the pacific NW) and Ward Griffiths (goddess of the back beat) on drums. At rehearsal the other day I had chills almost the entire time, I laughed my face off, I cried I was so moved by these artists and this music. These special collaboration shows are not to be missed!

Also his month I am thrilled to be a part of three Nature of Gratitude events in my home state. Dreamed up by community-minded creatives Eric Alan and Tom Titus, The Nature of Gratitude is an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and more. This years theme of exploration is Returning. Each gathering is an opportunity to raise awareness and proceeds for a different local grassroots cause. Last year I had the opportunity to participate in one of these events and it was truly movinga and heart-opening. I will be joining NOG events in Portland, Corvallis and Cottage Grove this year. See my website for details!

 Geez, Colorado, go ahead and take my breath away! Mom and Dad and Uncle Tom, Uncle Dave and Aunt Nancy and Mendhi came up for a few fun days of visiting and birding and gawking at autumn leaves and  fly-fishing. We found a new secret fishing spot near Gunnison and it was so great I’m still dreaming about it. You’d have to buy me a couple beers to get it out of me. 🙂

 What fun it was to celebrate Chuck Pyle with all these amazing artists at Swallow Hill in Denver! 

 and then again the next day in Fort Collins we celebrated Chuck with an in-the-round show featuring Jack Williams, Don Richmond, John Chandler and lil ol me… it was such a fun and beautiful afternoon… one I will never forget! 

 S&S Rawk at The Kraken!

 what fun it was to see these guys (Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys) spinning their magic at their Shake Sugaree residency at The Kraken! it was indeed paradise in a road house. 

 and look what greeted us when we got to our hosts’s house?!? Sandra and Kathy sure know how to make a couple traveling ladies feel welcome! 

 our welcome sign at The Rooster’s Wife… loved the 6:46 downbeat, ha! I asked Janet why that time and she said cuz people will remember it, and I think she’s right.

Six String Presents at Cary Theater was dreeeeeamy!

 and this never gets old!

 Queen Shelby leaning in for her snuggles.

 We were so lucky to have these amazing ladies from The Aurora Chorus joining us at our Alberta Rose Theatre album release celebration!

 Such a great way to kick off our set.

 the grand finale!

 thank you Norm Eder for all these wonderful pics

 and this is how I felt pretty much the whole night. Somebody please pinch me! 

 cool poster for the Phenomenal Woman show at Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland 11.10!

I saw this place in Colorado and of course I had to try it!

 Speaking of brown dogs, Bailey Pants had her 11th birthday in October… she is living her best life!

 and also helping me rehearse some piano for the Phenomenal Woman shows. 🙂

4. THE FUTURE…Before we know it, we will be wintering! I always love that introspective time of year. It will be interesting to see what it is like to live in a snowy place in winter?! and whether or not I can keep my popcicle toes warm.  I’m excited to see what will be revealed in the new year as I continue to deepen my creativity practice and redefine my work life. And I will still be writing songs and playing some really fun shows! 

Thank you for showing up, for reading all the way to the end, and for supporting me on my path. I am ever grateful! Hope to see you out there soon. 

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

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DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Nov 2 – Columbia Center for the Arts – Hood River, OR

Nov 8 – Wayne’s World Coffeehouse – Lake Oswego, OR

Nov 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR

Nov 20 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Portland, OR

Dec 6 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Cottage Grove, OR

Dec 7 – The Open Door at Ascension – Portland, OR

Dec 12 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Corvallis, OR

Dec 13 – Caldera Songwriters Holiday Benefit for Egan Warming Centers – Eugene, OR

Jan 17 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Jan 18 –  House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Feb 1 – Winterfolk – Portland, OR

Feb 21 – Stand and Sway @ Walters Cultural Arts Center – Hillsboro, OR

October Newsy News is here!

October, I love you.

Monday, Sept 30, 2019

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Bring on the sweaters and golden leaves!

Greetings, frinds and fellow music lovers!

Fall is here and the leaves are starting to look so beautiful around here. Lots of fun stuff coming up… Hope to see you out there soon!

Fri, Oct 4 – Wildwood Sounds – Del Norte, CO.  850 Grande Ave. 719-657-4757. A beautiful listening room in the San Luis Valley. Our goal each time is to help make it a joyful experience, a reunion of families and friends with potluck sharing, coffee and tea for everyone bathed in the universal language of MUSIC. Sweets and snacks potluck, coffee and tea provided. Doors open at 6:30, music at 7. $20 at the door. Call 719-657-4757 to reserve your seat!

Sat, Oct 5 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert @ Swallow Hill – Denver, CO. 71 E Yale Ave. 303-777-1003. BW is honored to be a part of An Evening of Chuck Pyle Music at Swallow Hill Music’s Daniels Hall. Please join Chuck’s friends and family for another wonderful “Evening of the Music of Chuck Pyle” on Saturday October 5th at 7pm. This year’s musical guests include Jack Williams, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Beth Wood, Don Richmond, Jon Chandler, Ernie Martinez, Jeff Troxel, Tom Munch and Gordon Burt. All the proceeds from the concert go to the Chuck Pyle Scholarship Fund at the Kerrville Folk Festival Song School. Don’t miss this special night of music and memories. 6 pm doors/7 pm music. $20-$25. 
 

Sun, Oct 6 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert @ Avogadro’s Number – Fort Collins, CO. 605 S Mason St. 970-482-1756. BW is honored to be a part of this Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert and Song Swap at Avo’s! Join Chuck’s musical friends for this one of a kind tribute concert and song swap. The Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert will feature performances by Jack Williams, Beth Wood, Jeff Troxel, Don Richmond, Jon Chandler and Gordon Burt. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Chuck Pyle Scholarship Fund at the Kerrville Folk Festival Song School in Texas. 3 pm. 

Wed, Oct 9 – Stand and Sway @ The Kraken – Chapel Hill, NC2823 N Carolina Hwy 54 W. Stand and Sway will be special guests of Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboy’s Shake Sugaree Americana Resiency at the Kraken in Chapel Hill! The fun thing is they live stream every concert so you can tune in wherever you are. The show starts at 7 pm EST, and we will go on around 8 or 8:15 for a short guest set. Scroll down below in The News for all the places you can watch the live stream…FREE. 

Thu, Oct 10 – Stand and Sway @ The Rooster’s Wife Concert Series – Aberdeen, NC.  114 Knight St. (910) 944-7502 .The Rooster’s Wife sprang from a desire to provide quality live music at affordable prices to the families of our community. We welcome children with open arms, and free admission for the under 12 set. 6:46 pm downbeat. $20-$25.

Fri, Oct 11 – Stand and Sway @ The Cary Theater – Cary, NC. 122 East Chatham. (919) 462-2051. Stand and Sway are thrilled to play the beautiful Cary Theater! Presented by Six String Presents. 8 pm. $20-$25.

Sat, Oct 12 – Stand and Sway @ Big Bad Wolf’s Small Good Concerts – Youngsville, NC.  7 pm gathering/potluck. 8 pm music. Please contact BigBadW@aol.com for an invitation. $20 donation per person. 

Thu, Oct 17 – Women’s Song Circle @ Mt Tabor Music School  – Portland, OR. 4110 SE Hawthorne, upstairs suite. BW hosts a song circle for women to share songs and support each other in our creative practice! A song circle is a fun, safe space to share new and old works and to offer/receive support and feedback (if requested). Open to all ages and levels. If you have a new song or an old song or a favorite cover song you’d like to share, or if you’d like to sharpen your performance skills by playing for others, or ifyou’d like to celebrate creativity and community, I hope you will join us! 7:30-9:30 pm.

Thu, Oct 24 – Stand and Sway @ Vashon Arts Center – Vashon, WA. 19600 Vashon Hwy SW. (206) 463-5131. Vashon Center for the Arts and Debra Heesch are bringing Portland to Vashon with the exceptional talents of Chris Pureka, Laura Gibson, Ara Lee James, and Beth Wood, for an unforgettable evening of music. Advance tickets: $15/Student, $20/VCA Members, $22/Seniors, $25/General $30/VIP – first 2 rows.

Fri, Oct 25 – Stand and Sway Album Release – Portland, OR. 3000 NE Alberta, Portland, OR. 503-719-6055. Celebrate the official release of DEEP BLUE with Stand and Sway band and Five Letter Word!

Sat, Oct 26 – Stand and Sway Open Song Workshop – Portland, OR. At Mount Tabor Music School. 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Upstairs suite. Stand and Sway Open Song workshops are an exploration in play, singing, and songwriting. All levels are welcome. Join us for some collaborative, creative fun! 3-6 pm.

Sun, Oct 27 – Stand and Sway Open Song Workshop – Portland, OR. A continuation of our Open Song Workshop. 10 am – 1 pm.

1. GRATITUDE…I am so grateful to all these fine folks for making September so dreamy…PJ, Brad Tisdel, Ara Lee, Anna Tivel, Jaimee Simundson, Shireen Amini, Steven Skolnik, Milo Fultz, and all the wonderful staff and music lovers at Sisters song camp and festival! It is always magical, and this year seemed particularly so. Thank you Bill & Debbie and friends, Mary and Nathan and The Stacks Coffhouse, Bob and Pam Howard and all at Ascension, Sarah Collins and Mount Tabor Music School, and Gabrielle Louise and all at Leyline Studios!

2. THE NEWS…I am excited to be heading to CO just in time for the beautiful aspen leaves to turn golden! It will be my first time playing in Del Norte, a town I have driven through a thousand times and I’m looking forward to getting to know it better. Also I am thrilled and honored to be a part of two Chuck Pyle tribute concerts in Denver and Fort Collins. Chuck was an amazing writer and player and singer and toured on the folk circuit for many years. He was affectionately know as The Zen Cowboy, and his music means a lot to me. When I was just starting out and living in NC, I got to stay after his show at the Grey Eagle for an improptu song circle, and he was very encouraging of me and my writing and singing. That meant the world to me and it still does. I wrote a poem about him called ‘Cowboy Elegy’ and I’m excited to share it at the concerts along with two of his songs that I am learning. I hope you can help us celebrate and honor him!

Holy moly, things are gearing up for the “official” release of our Stand and Sway album DEEP BLUE. I could not be more proud of this work and more excited to share it with the world. We are working with our publicist (Ever Kipp from Tiny Human in Seattle) to release singles before the Oct 25 album release date. I will keep you posted on that! These songs have lived in our hearts for over a year now and they can’t wait to live and breathe in the big world! If you are anywhere near Portland, I hope you will join us in celebration on Oct 25 at the Alberta Rose Theater. We are pairing up with the power trio Five Letter Word to bring you a night of fun and harmonies and celebration through music. I hope you will join us in celebration at one of Portland’s most beautiful listening venues! 

We got a really nice review of our song “Light Me Up” from the blog American Standard Time. Click here to read and to listen!

We are also very excited to be returning to beloved NC to do some Stand and Sway shows! On 10/9 we will be special guests of Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy’s Shake Sugaree Americana Resiency at the Kraken in Chapel Hill! The fun thing is they live stream every concert so you can tune in wherever you are. The show starts at 7 pm EST, and we will go on around 8 or 8:15 for a short guest set. Here are all the places you can watch the live stream… 

YouTube.com/jonathanbyrd 

Facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic 

Periscope: @jonathanbyrdmusic

Mixer: ShakeSugaree 

Twitch: PickupCowboys

And following that show we are thrilled to be playing two of my favorite concert series…Six Strings Presents @ The Cary Theater and The Rooster’s Wife Concert Series in Aberdeen, and a new series to us, Big Bad Wolf’s Small Good Concerts in Youngsville. Hell yeah!

ohmygoodness this was the lineup at our Sisters Folk Festival song camp instructor performance. EPIC!


 a quiet moment of humming and poetry…


our impromptu lady band at song camp was so much fun!! Anna Tivel, Mandy Fer, Susan Gibson, Ara Lee James, Pharis Romero plus one, your truly, Erin Youngberg and Ellis all singing Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ with all of camp singing along…pure magic! Let’s take this on the road! 


we worked really hard on our set list for the fest haha


we had so much fun at the Belfry closing out Sisters Folk Festival…a bittersweet moment.


Lemme just brag about these guys for a second. Milo Fultz and Steven Skolnik joined us on upright bass and percussion for our Stand and Sway sets at Sisters Folk Festival. It is so much fun to play with such talented and tasteful musicians, not to mention wonderful humans.


our line up for the Sunday Community Celebration… my heart exploded with joy!


the grand finale… pure bliss!


it was so much fun to share some poems at my favorite coffeehouse in Portland, The Stacks!


oh this lady! i loved singing backups on Gabrielle Louise’s new album!

oh this face! this girl is enjoying our crisp fall mornings with the frisbee. but let’s face it, she enjoys any time with the frisbee. Big thank you to my village for watching her while I’m away. 


3. THE FUTURE…Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement about my opening to new possibilities! I am so excited for this next chapter. On the airplane the other day, I wrote my new artist’s manisfesto and I’m very excited about it! It includes writing and recording songs, sharing my music and art, collaborating with Ara on Stand and Sway, learning more about poetry and its craft, leading workshops, and building community around music and art and creative expression. It’s all juicy stuff I have loved for years. I will be moving to central Oregon soon and I am thrilled to be heading somewhere so beautiful and rich in friendships and art and connections. Stay tuned, more to come! 

As always, I am so grateful to you for walking with me on this creative path. Hope to see you out there soon! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

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For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Nov 2 – Columbia Center for the Arts – Hood River, OR

Nov 8 – Wayne’s World Coffeehouse – Lake Oswego, OR

Nov 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR

Nov 20 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Portland, OR

Dec 6 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Cottage Grove, OR

Dec 7 – The Open Door at Ascension – Portland, OR

Dec 12 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Corvallis, OR